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Program Overview

Enhance your nursing education through the Sanford Student Nurse Internship Program.

You will experience the day-to-day life of an RN in a variety of roles and settings. This hands-on,10-week, paid internship will expand your clinical skills and knowledge under the guidance of an experienced nurse preceptor. This is a great opportunity to make a difference for those served in your care and to strengthen your clinical skill set.

Program Objective

  • To develop confidence and competence in senior level nursing students through hands on experience in a medical center and/or clinic.
  • Gain experience and skill within actual patient care situations, clinical simulation and classroom sessions.
  • Assist senior level nursing students in finding an area of nursing practice that best fits their career goals, talents, and interest thus promoting a smooth transition upon graduation into practice.
  • Work in partnership with an RN preceptor serving as a personal clinical coach.
  • Network with peers from other colleges and universities both regionally and nationally.

Program Details


A comprehensive hospital and nursing orientation is provided to acclimate you to Sanford Health prior to beginning the program.


Sanford Health offers student nurse experiences throughout our footprint in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota:

  • Bemidji and surrounding area
  • Bismarck and surrounding area
  • Fargo and surrounding area
  • Sioux Falls and surrounding area

Many rural Sanford facilities also offer a Summer Nursing Intern experience. These locations offer experiences in Critical Access Hospital; Long Term Care; and Ambulatory settings. These opportunities will enable you to witness the Rural Nurse Generalist nursing role with its broad autonomy and responsibility, work with an interprofessional healthcare team, utilize your critical thinking skills, and have access to professional development and support networks that will help develop both your clinical and leadership skills.

Work/Class Schedule

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in the entirety of the 10-week program, including required classroom sessions.
  • Work full-time (36-40 hours), including nights, weekends, holidays and 8-, 10-, or 12-hour shifts for the program duration (following your designated preceptor's schedule).
  • Additional opportunities for observation outside your assigned department may be provided.

Work Department

Sanford Health offers opportunities in several areas of care. Upon selection into the program, you will be notified of your work unit/department assignment Consideration with be given to your desired work units.


If you should require assistance securing housing, please contact local colleges or universities, as they often rent space to students over the summer.

Additional Benefits

Program participation provides you:

  • Sanford Health 401k retirement as a PRN employee
  • Worker's compensation insurance coverage
  • Sanford's libraries and training resources
  • Sanford Perks (Discounted tickets to local merchants and activities in the various regions where Sanford Health is present)


  • Applicants must complete an online application at
  • Participants will have completed their third year of a baccalaureate nursing program and a minimum of two semesters of clinical experience prior to the internship experience
  • ADN/ASN considered for rural Sanford Health Network locations
  • Submission of an accumulative transcript including your most recently completed semester at time of application
  • Proof of enrollment in a board of nursing approved internship class if accepting an offer in North Dakota or Minnesota
  • Prior experience as a nursing assistant is not required.

If you do not see a link for the internship below, we may have filled all openings for the year. However, if you have questions or would like to speak with an HR professional, fill out the form here. We’d love to hear from you.

Available Internships